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One point costs Tide homecoming
Jeff Davis manages 21-20 victory over Long Co.
A Tide runner looks for room during Friday’s 21-20 loss to Jeff Davis at Veterans Stadium in Long County. - photo by Photo by Patricia Durham

The Long County High School football team lost on Friday, 21-20, to Jeff Davis High School.

With a chill in the air and the homecoming crowd on hand, the Blue Tide started the game by driving down to the Jeff Davis 7-yard line. Blue Tide head coach Kyle Wilson called on big back Marcus Williams, who took the ball in for six. After a successful PAT by Miguel Hernandez, Long County was up only four and a half minutes into the game.

However, the Yellow Jackets came to play hard and they were willing to take chances. Halfway through the second period, Jeff Davis evened the game up, tried an on-side kick and got the ball back. They scored again.

The Blue Tide got the ball back at midfield with 37 seconds left in the half. With a big reception by Luke Golden and a big run by quarterback Jake Durham, Long County had the ball deep in Yellow Jacket territory. Durham found Justin Boyd in the end zone, for a score, and Hernandez got the extra point.

In the third period, Brandon Hope had a big pick on defense, and the offense drove the ball down to the Yellow Jacket’s 9-yard line. Williams, who had been pounding the ball all night, gave the lead back to the Tide. Hernandez came in for the PAT, but missed for the first time this year.

In an evenly matched fourth period, Jeff Davis had the ball late and scored with less than a minute remaining. After the successful PAT, the visitors were back in the driver’s seat.

The Tide got the ball back, but were unable to score.

Despite the loss, the game was one of the better performances by the Blue Tide this year. The defense allowed the fewest points that they had all year, and the offense moved the ball putting up four TDs.

Hernandez did miss the one extra point, but it was the kicker’s first miss of the year, which shows how proficient he has been. The sophomore also made his one field goal attempt earlier this year and the kicking game has been one of the few areas on the Blue Tide that has been consistent.

With the win the Yellow Jackets improved their record to 2-6. The loss dropped the Tide to 0-7.

This Friday Long County stays at home, and takes on Richmond Hill High School. Read a preview on this game, in the Friday edition of the Courier.

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